We adopt a bi-directional research strategy consisting of a top-down, objective-driven approach and a bottom-up problem-driven approach.

Research strategies

We have three approaches for our strategy:

Objective driven approach

Real-world applications include:

  • Brain-computer interfacing
  • Medical image analysis
  • Source localisation and separation
  • Motion tracking
  • Threat detection
  • Copyright protection
  • Intelligent heat solutions
  • Aerodynamic design optimisation
  • Robotics.

Top-down approach

The top-down approach aims to build up computational models for understanding biological and social intelligence found in nature.

We are particularly interested in neural information processing in the brain and the organising principles of neural development from the evolutionary perspective.

Bottom-up approach

The bottom-up approach is concerned with developing efficient mathematical and statistical, machine learning and optimisation algorithms for solving complex problems found in:

  • Optimisation and control
  • Signal processing and pattern recognition
  • Data mining and knowledge extraction
  • Multi-criterion decision-making
  • Self-organisation of collective systems.


Take a look at the three themes that have been formed around our research strategies.

Who we collaborate with

  • Aero Optimal Ltd
  • Alpha-Active Ltd
  • Institute of Psychiatry and Epileptology, King’s College London, UK
  • Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd
  • HR Wallingford
  • Intellas UK Ltd
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Santander
  • RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • Waterfall Solutions Ltd

Contact us

Find us

Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey